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Avila’s El Ranchito

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1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
+1 949-376-7040
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We were staying nearby, and walked past this place almost by accident and fancied a bite to eat and a Margarita. Overall, we had a nice lazy afternoon lunch away from the crowds of Down Town Laguna Beach. Plenty ofmseating, nice breeze through the windows. Food was generally nicely done. First cocktail was good, second felt a little pre-made in... More 

Thank The_Hatwoods
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This is the second time we've eaten here and will probably be the last. Chips were cooked in what appeared to be stale oil. Salsa was 80% onions 20% tomato sauce. Waited over 30 minutes for simple meal. When it came, enchilada was minimally average, beef taco ok and toastada salad good although the presentation was greens on flat tortilla.

Thank SCW757727
Irvine, California
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152 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

I'm not a big fan of this chain. The food is ok, but overpriced. the drinks are always weak. this is a nice location though

Thank Susan R
San Clemente
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

The location of the Avila's Restaurant is one block from the beach on the corner of Cress Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Like in any small beach town, parking can be a challenge but it is nothing out of the ordinary if you plan accordingly. The staff (host/servers/bar) are friendly, prompt, and professional. The seating inside allows for the best... More 

Thank Matt H
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Having lived in Orange County decades ago, we always try to stop at one of the El Ranchitos. We went to this one this trip and the food is the same as it was decades ago. Like everything else, the prices went up but the food and service are the same....good. If you like soup, their House Special Chicken Soup... More 

Thank Kenny S
Laguna Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

The service is amazing. Rodger is a sweetheart. The food is great. I would highly recommend this place. I have dined dozens of times here, always a good experience.

Thank blewiis
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

not a full menu! very overpriced and very small portions, the sasla and avacado bowl are very good.theres no parking and very small place not much room to pick from.

Thank Yamaras c
Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Interesting menu. The grilled chicken is beautifully seasoned and not dry. My wife really enjoyed the Avacado Bowl, also with grilled chicken. The fresh salsa was very good and the tortilla chips were decent. The bar was nearby & some of the patrons there were loud and obnoxious, but not terrible. We opted to sit inside and enjoy the ocean... More 

Thank TCheney
West Palm Beach, Florida
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95 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

I'd say the worst part of this restaurant is the service. The hostess initially told us there was a 20 minute wait for first available. 45 minutes later our names were called. The server rarely came by to ask if we needed anything. I ordered the tacos. I tried 5 different tacos. They were average I guess. Nothing special. I... More 

Thank Jim M
Chino Hills, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

This place is awesome it's one block up from the Capri Laguna on Cress st .and coast highway . The food is reasonably priced you get free chips and salsa and the food is Big portions. This places is the go to spot if you're staying at the Capri Laguna eat there you will not be disappointed.

Thank JAS595

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-376-7040
It's a chain restaurant and the other locations are in Trip Advisor - just not this one..

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?